Category: Design

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae resin Japan hair flowers fashion

Based in Narita City, Japanese artist Sakae creates exquisite hair ornaments known as kanzashi. The traditional hair pieces have been around for quite some time in Japan, but these pieces—each hand-crafted from resin with a delicate brass wire around the edges—are startlingly realistic and the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. Depending on the complexity of the pieces they can take anywhere between 3 and 30 days. If you’re trying to get your hands on one of these, don’t get your hopes up. Sakae only occasionally puts one up for sale. And when she does it’s through Yahoo Auctions in Japan. Her latest auction just closed earlier this week. It attracted 215 buyers and finally sold for 400,000 yen. You can keep up with her (and her auctions) on her Facebook page or see her previous work on flickr. (via Mister Finch)

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Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Lucie Houdkova

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Andrée-Anne Dupuis-Bourret

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Marine Coutroutsios

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Geraldine Gonzalez

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Mia Pearlman

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Cecilia Levy

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books

Just published by Gingko Press, Paper Play is a new 256-page book exploring the use of paper in contemporary art and design. The book features no less than 82 designers and artists who use paper in sculptures, jewelry, street art, installations and everything else you can imagine. I started listing out all the artists we’ve featured here on the Colossal who are included in the book, but it got a bit unwieldy after a dozen. Pick it up here.

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An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours (previously) was recently invited to bring their fantastic musical light swing installation to the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. The interactive swing set titled simply, The Swings, is comprised of illuminated panels that also trigger audible tones that harmonize as people swing. As more and more people join in the act of swinging turns into randomly improvised melody and light show. From their project site:

The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. The project offers a new experience in collective music making, available to enliven urban spaces, festivals, special events, and more.

The Swings were on view through July 11th of this month, but the entire installation is now on tour. If you’re interested in bringing it to your own arts event, get in touch at the bottom of this page.

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Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen-Chih

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen Chih bamboo Australia architecture

all images courtesy Cave Urban

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen Chih bamboo Australia architecture

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen Chih bamboo Australia architecture

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen Chih bamboo Australia architecture

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen Chih bamboo Australia architecture

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen Chih bamboo Australia architecture

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen Chih bamboo Australia architecture

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen Chih bamboo Australia architecture

Using 600 poles of bamboo and 70 radiata pine logs all harvested locally, Taiwanese Artist Wang Wen-Chih created a massive installation that served as the entrance to the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia. Working with the Sydney-based architecture and design collective Cave Urban, a team of 40 workers and volunteers spent 3 weeks building the structure. Each bamboo pole was split into 4-5 pieces and weaved together like a basket. Woven Sky, which rises 15m high and is 100m long, was completed late last year, just in time for the music festival, and served an impressive entrance point into the amphitheater stage.

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Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder

Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder geometric food chocolate

Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder geometric food chocolate

Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder geometric food chocolate

Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder geometric food chocolate

Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder geometric food chocolate

Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder geometric food chocolate

Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder geometric food chocolate

Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder geometric food chocolate

Hidden Geometric Patterns Gradually Revealed inside Giant Chocolate Cylinder geometric food chocolate

For a major retrospective of Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld, the team at Studio Wieki Somers collaborated with chocolatier Rafael Mutter to create Chocolate Mill. The piece was comprised of a giant cylindrical chocolate block that was carefully organized in 10 stacked layers, with flavored shapes used to create different geometric patterns. As a crank-turned blade similar to a cheese slicer grazed shavings off the top, the hidden layers were slowly revealed. You can watch a timelapse of the piece in the video above. (via Designboom, Design You Trust)

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New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory

New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory stars space fashion colossal clothing

New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory stars space fashion colossal clothing

New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory stars space fashion colossal clothing

New in the Colossal Shop: Wearable Cities and Stars by Slow Factory stars space fashion colossal clothing

In a novel intersection of fashion and science, New York-based Slow Factory is utilizing imagery from NASA to create lines of translucent scarves. Their most recent collection, Cities by Night, is a series scarves imprinted with imagery of London, New York, and Paris captured at night from satellites and aboard the International Space Station. A second collection, Floating in Space, includes several breathtaking photographs of various nebulae captured by the Hubble. Slow Factory was founded by designer Celine Semaan Vernon, a native of Beirut who now lives and works in New York City. Several of their pieces are now available in the Colossal Shop.

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Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Last week Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma attempted to go where most artists only dream of going: to space. In a project titled Exbiotanica, last week Azuma and his crew traveled to Black Rock Desert outside Gerlach, Nevada. In the dead of night Azuma’s project began. The team launched two of Azuma’s artworks – a 50-year old pine suspended from a metal frame and an arrangement of flowers – into the stratosphere using a large helium balloon. The entire project was documented, revealing some surreal photographs of plants floating above planet earth. “The best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us,” says John Powell of JP Aerospace. “So seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.” (syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

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